In 1996, a group of men and women from the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments came together to form a Highland Bagpipe and Drum Band. Until that time, there had never been a pipe and drum band in Philadelphia for either department. Master of the Pipes, Dr. Edward Chip Reardon, an expert and award winning pipe player and instructor, agreed to teach us the intricate and beautiful movements of the instrument, as well as develop a Drum Corps to accompany the Pipes. He conducts weekly practices at the police academy, working on rudimentary skills and providing musical direction for the band. Chip's keen ear and remarkable ability has catapulted us into the Millennium as a Pipe and Drum Band to be recognized far and wide.